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NAWCC Lunch "Time" Debuts zSpace/Grand Seiko 3D Learning

- By Freda Conner (PA) 6/18/18

Noel, Evan, and Samantha enjoying Grand Seiko's zSpace
Noel, Evan, and Samantha enjoying Grand Seiko's zSpace. Photographs by Kim Craven.

Museum Director Noel Poirier unveiled the National Watch and Clock Museum’s latest acquisition: two revolutionary horological workstations for demonstrations to Museum visitors. Using Grand Seiko’s advanced 3D virtual reality watch engineering software, the system is equipped with a user-friendly zSpace hardware interface that is especially designed for K–12 STEM education.

Noel, Evan, and Samantha enjoying Grand Seiko's zSpace
Evan's turn to explore Grand Seiko's zSpace. Photographs by Kim Craven.

At the June 13, 2018, Lunch “Time” presentation, Executive Director Tom Wilcox told of seeing the workstations in action at the Seiko Museum in Tokyo and took steps to bring one to the NAWCC Museum. The acquisition of two of these units was made possible by a generous grant by the Dart Foundation, The Glatfelter Agency, and an in-kind donation by Grand Seiko.

Noel, Evan, and Samantha enjoying Grand Seiko's zSpace
The group enjoying Grand Seiko's zSpace VR. Photographs by Kim Craven.

Attendees Evan and Samantha, elementary-age children, had fun as they used the special 3D glasses and the wand to find the sweet spot to view the parts of the watch. Noel solicited input.

The NAWCC holds Lunch “Time” programs from noon to 1 p.m. to feature timepieces from the Museum collection and will continue every other month.

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